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Université de Montréal Launch Free Mobile App

6 FEB 2012
Topic : Education News

The Université de Montréal last week announced the launch of a free mobile application. The application is suitable for iPhone and Android phones, smartphones most generally used by students. The app is also compatible with tablet computers.

University de Montreal AppUniversité de Montréal Smartphone users will have access to a wealth of information, including a directory of students and staff, a schedule of university activities and events, and safety, emergency and general contact information. Mobile users can also visit the new campus map, which has not even been made available on the university website yet. The map integrates data from Google Maps and Montreal’s transit agency to give students the shortest route from one campus location to another.

Speaking to French press in Montreal, Pierre Sarrazin, head of IT at the university, emphasized that this was only the first version of the application. Successive versions, he said, will see changes and upgrades according to user needs.

According to a survey published in December 2011 by CEFRIO, a regional agency involved in francophone technological development, 46.6% of adults aged 18 to 24 have a smart phone. The development of a mobile application, therefore, is an asset to any college or university looking to strengthen ties with students and diversify its recruiting. As we’ve seen recently, it’s becoming quite common for schools to develop these sorts of apps. It will only continue.

This isn’t the first foray into the cutting edge for l’université de Montréal, as the school recently released an advertising campaign featuring QR codes, which are another way to access information from a smart phone. With this mobile application, however, the university has officially entered the mobile world.

What do you think? Are these apps worthwhile in your opinion?